Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley

Fate of Flames

Years ago, everything changed. Phantoms, massive beasts of nightmare, began terrorizing the world. At the same time four girls, the Effigies, appeared, each with the unique power to control a classical element. Since then, they have protected the world from the Phantoms. At the death of one Effigy, another is chosen, pulled from her normal life into the never-ending battle...

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Fate of Flames Reviews

  • Tamara

    HAHAHA YOU MEAN SOMETHING LİKE THIS?

    Dont give a shit about PACIFIC RIM (It's just slightly better than Transformers but both have cliche scenes, predictable story, bad acting, focus on visual stimulation so no shit given there.) but damn you whoever wrote that. AVENGERS with a SAILOR MOON cast? I'M SO IN BABY. I'M SO IN.

    Sailor Moon fan in me:

    Avengers fan in me:

    If this one mixes:

    with

    and adds some of the

    I'll one happy girl but none of the-

    I'm too old for that shit.

    And oh, please be good.

  • Sarah Raughley

    This is my book! Basic Premise: PACIFIC RIM meets the AVENGERS with a SAILOR MOON cast.

    What does that mean?

    Basically:

    1) Bad Ass Pretty Girls

    2) Fighting Monsters

    3) While the World is Watching

    Uh but unlike Pacific Rim there's no mecha

    , sorry Gundam fans! :)

    If you've got any comments or questions? Put em right here :) Check my blog and twitter for up to date news!

    - Hey Canadians! We're doing a goodreads giveaway just for you! It's happening right now,

    , so m

    This is my book! Basic Premise: PACIFIC RIM meets the AVENGERS with a SAILOR MOON cast.

    What does that mean?

    Basically:

    1) Bad Ass Pretty Girls

    2) Fighting Monsters

    3) While the World is Watching

    Uh but unlike Pacific Rim there's no mecha

    , sorry Gundam fans! :)

    If you've got any comments or questions? Put em right here :) Check my blog and twitter for up to date news!

    - Hey Canadians! We're doing a goodreads giveaway just for you! It's happening right now,

    , so make sure you request! And for everyone else, don't worry - keep an eye out for the October giveaway!

    - If you haven't gotten an ARC yet, not to worry! We're going to be having another ARC giveaway in the coming months right here on Goodreads.

    Mark it down on your calendars!

    - Make sure you go to

    !! Ends March 3rd at midnight EST.

  • Carrie

    High school student Maia Finley has been holding in a secret for a few days now. She knows that one of her idols must have died because now Maia has been chosen to take her place as the new Fire Effigy. There are always four Effigies at any given time and when one dies another young girl will be chosen by fate to inherit the magical abilities of one of the four elements.

    When the city of New York comes under attack from phantoms with the protection system down Maia finds herself tossed into the

    High school student Maia Finley has been holding in a secret for a few days now. She knows that one of her idols must have died because now Maia has been chosen to take her place as the new Fire Effigy. There are always four Effigies at any given time and when one dies another young girl will be chosen by fate to inherit the magical abilities of one of the four elements.

    When the city of New York comes under attack from phantoms with the protection system down Maia finds herself tossed into the middle of battle without a clue what to do. Luckily Belle, another Effigy shows up and saves the day but it won't be long until Maia's secret is out and she is pulled into battle with the other girls and the secret government program, the Sect that is in charge of the Effigies.

    Fate of Flames is one of those books that really starts off with a huge bang to really grab a reader's attention within the first few pages. Being dropped into the middle of a phantom attack you can't help but wonder what is going on in the story. And steadily over the course of the book everything is developed quite nicely to always kept my attention throughout the book.

    My one complaint with this story was that I never found out one thing I was wanting to know when this one ended. It's not a huge part of the plot but it would have been nice to have it addressed before this one ended but overall this was a wonderful start to a new series and I can't wait to see what Maia, Belle, Lake and Chae Rin do in the next installment.

    Overall, 4.5 stars. Great first book of a new series with just enough to look forward to finding out about in the upcoming books to really be excited to continue.

    I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Maria (Big City Bookworm)

    The first time I had heard of Fate Of Flames, it was marketed as Sailor Moon meets Avatar: The Last Airbender. Let me tell you, they had me at Sailor Moon. I grew up watching that show and to come across a novel that has a similar aspect? Consider it sold.

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    Yes, this book partially took place in Canada! Also known as, my

    The first time I had heard of Fate Of Flames, it was marketed as Sailor Moon meets Avatar: The Last Airbender. Let me tell you, they had me at Sailor Moon. I grew up watching that show and to come across a novel that has a similar aspect? Consider it sold.

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    Yes, this book partially took place in Canada! Also known as, my home and native land! One thing that has always bothered me about dystopian stories, or even blockbuster action movies for that matter, is that they all take place in The United States of America…majority of the time in New York City. My constant thought it always, “What about the rest of the world? Is everything falling apart for them too?" While, Fate of Flames does momentarily take place in New York City, it also explored other countries around the world (including my home of Canada) and I’m honestly extremely grateful for how fresh and new that is.

    I loved the idea of four girls with Sailor Moon-like powers. I love that while each girl is one of the only four Effigies in the world, they are all very independent. They live in, or grew up in, different countries and they all have different unique character traits which makes each girl awesome in her own right.

    As mentioned above, I really did enjoy a majority of the characters. Yes, even the villains. Each of the four Effigies were completely distinguishable from one another. They each had different personalities and the fact that they’re all from different places and cultural backgrounds is one of the best things about them. I loved the diversity between each of the characters as well. While I did enjoy the villains, I really do wish we could have learned a little bit more about them. I love a good backstory.

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    I’m still not really sure how this world came to be. Why are there all of these phantoms? Where did they come from? Why do the phantoms and the Effigies have more in common than they realize in terms of their biology? I wish we got more answers, but I suppose that’s what a series of novels is eventually meant to do…answer everything later.

    I won’t lie. I was pretty confused about the whole Nick, Marian, Alice thing. I still don’t quite understand their story and what it all meant. I really do like the idea of each Effigy containing a piece of the previous Effigy before them. While this was an awesome idea, I wish I could have learned more about each of these characters. We had an amazing opportunity to learn more about them this way, but their story just ended up feeling a little bland.

    There were a lot of action-packed battle scenes. While the first one was intriguing, it just kept happening throughout the story. These moments felt a tad redundant for me and I found myself struggling to get through them.

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    While I did get what I promised in terms of Sailor Moon-like badass women, there were bits and pieces of this story that were lacking for me. If we got just a little more detail on some of the morally questionable villains and maybe a lower number of similar and redundant battle scenes, Fate Of Flames could be something great! I could easily see this story blowing up and becoming popular with readers all over the world!

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    Fate of Flames was definitely action packed and full of a great cast of characters, but I found myself feeling a little lost from time to time. I also felt like some moments were a tad repetitive and drawn out. However, I loved our four Effigies and their supporting cast of characters. I really did enjoy the idea of the villains, but I wish they were explored a little more. I also felt a tad bit lost with the whole Marian/Nick/Alice storyline.

  • Aneta Bak

    Fate of Flames is my new favourite dystopian book. It has amazing characters, a fantastic plot, and a stunning new world. The book has so much action, you won’t want to put it down.

    There can only be four Effigies at one time. If one Effigie dies, their power moves on to the next person chosen. When Natalya turns up dead, it is Maia Finley who becomes her successor. The power of fire has been handed to Maia, she has no choice but to train her powers and fight alongside Bella, Chae Rin, and Lake t

    Fate of Flames is my new favourite dystopian book. It has amazing characters, a fantastic plot, and a stunning new world. The book has so much action, you won’t want to put it down.

    There can only be four Effigies at one time. If one Effigie dies, their power moves on to the next person chosen. When Natalya turns up dead, it is Maia Finley who becomes her successor. The power of fire has been handed to Maia, she has no choice but to train her powers and fight alongside Bella, Chae Rin, and Lake to defeat Phantoms terrorizing the whole world.

    There comes a book every once in a while, that you wish you read when the whole series came out because you’re dying to read the next one after finishing the first book. This is that series. I was not exaggerating when I said in the beginning that I could not put the book down. As for the moments when I had to put the book down, all I could do was think about getting back to it and continuing reading.

    I absolutely loved Maia as the main character. She is such a good person, and always knows when to do the right thing. I love how she is very careful and doesn't trust anyone. She makes things exciting, and I can promise you that you will not get bored of her point of view. Throughout the book I found myself falling in love with the other Effigie girls as well. Right off the bat, I thought Belle and Lake were going to be horrible to read about, they both seemed like stuck up annoying girls, but once you find out more about them you really do end up liking them and cheering on the whole squad of Effigies. Chae Rin was definitely my favourite out of the four, she's not afraid to tell people how it is, and do her own thing, and its definitely a plus how she's from Canada.

    The world building is outstanding. I believe it is the best world building I have yet to read about. Not only do you get to see Maia’s home town, but the squad of girls also travels to places like London, Paris, Argentina and many others. It’s so wonderful to read about people travelling rather than staying in the one city or country.

    The one thing I didn't like about the book, was the romance. On one hand, if you could call it a romance, it really sucked. I could not ship the characters which was something I really wanted to do, but I just couldn’t. But on the other hand, it really made Maia and the girls more warrior-like and inspirational. I can’t describe it really well, but you’ll know what I mean if you read the book.

    Overall, I’m so impressed with this book that I have to give it a 5 star. Honestly I would give it 6 stars if it was possible. I highly recommend this book to all dystopian and kick-ass female main character lovers. Definitely give this book a try, I’ll just be over here, dying and waiting for the next book to come out.

    Happy Reading

    - Aneta

  • E.K. Johnston

    Basically, it's the parts of Buffy, Pacific Rim, and Avatar: The Last Airbender that I loved the most, with twists and turns of its own, and some really excellent world building.

    It's messy and complicated and full of girls and and you should buy it.

  • Crazy4Books

    I was so excited when I won this ARC in a Goodreads Giveaway. Its been on my most anticipated list for a long time. I love that its written by a Canadian author and that alone makes me want to love this book. The Pacific Rim with a Sailor Moon cast reference had me hooked right away. Ive loved sailor moon ever since I was a kid and I really enjoyed Pacific Rim. Due to the mix reviews I was a little worried but still hopeful.

    Off to a promising start with a phantom attack within the first couple p

    I was so excited when I won this ARC in a Goodreads Giveaway. Its been on my most anticipated list for a long time. I love that its written by a Canadian author and that alone makes me want to love this book. The Pacific Rim with a Sailor Moon cast reference had me hooked right away. Ive loved sailor moon ever since I was a kid and I really enjoyed Pacific Rim. Due to the mix reviews I was a little worried but still hopeful.

    Off to a promising start with a phantom attack within the first couple pages. Not much is known about the phantoms but they have some kind of pulse device to keep them out of populated areas. They also dont know much about the Effigies besides the fact that when one dies their powers and memories get randomly passed onto someone else. Due to the lack of info on phantoms and Effigies the world building was a little weak but maybe we'll get more info in the sequel. We do get a bit more information on the Effigies later on which helped.

    The characters eventually grew on me even though they really got on my nerves sometimes. I enjoyed Rhys and Sauls character but the main character was a little immature and made some frustrating decisions. The other Effigies, mostly Belle, werent very nice and kind of bratty but I remember some of the sailor moon characters also being bratty. Despite that I still thought the story was interesting. Im a plot driven reader and I really loved the concept of this story. The whole Nick and Alice mystery was a little confusing but kept me reading to find out more.

    It took me a bit longer to read this physical copy because I mostly read ebooks in bed with the lights off but when I wasnt reading it I looked forward to picking it back up. It was an enjoyable read with some character growth and a lot of action. I thought the pacing and the writing were alright but I wish there would have been more emphasis on developping amazing female frienships. The Effigies didnt really get along for most of the book which was kind of disapointing. I didnt like the Sect organization but I love those kinds of stories.

    I cant wait to get my hands on the sequel. I hope I manage to get my hands on a review copy. Id like to thank Simon and Schuster for this wonderful opportunity and I hope I get to review more books for them in the future.

  • Alyssa

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    Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley

    Book One of the Effigies series

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    Publication Date: November 22, 2016

    Rating: 2 stars

    Source: ARC sent by the publisher

    Summary (from Goodreads):

    Four girls with the power to control the elements and save the world from a terrible evil must come together in the first epic novel in a brand-new series.

    When Phantoms—massive beasts made from nightmares and darkness—suddenly appeared and began terrorizing t

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    Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley

    Book One of the Effigies series

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    Publication Date: November 22, 2016

    Rating: 2 stars

    Source: ARC sent by the publisher

    Summary (from Goodreads):

    Four girls with the power to control the elements and save the world from a terrible evil must come together in the first epic novel in a brand-new series.

    When Phantoms—massive beasts made from nightmares and darkness—suddenly appeared and began terrorizing the world, four girls, the Effigies, each gained a unique power to control one of the classical elements: earth, air, fire, and water. Since then, four girls across the world have continually fought against the Phantoms, fulfilling their cosmic duty. And when one Effigy dies, another girl gains her power as a replacement.

    But now, with technologies in place to protect the world’s major cities from Phantom attacks, the Effigies have stopped defending humanity and, instead, have become international celebrities, with their heroic feats ranked, televised, and talked about in online fandoms.

    Until the day that New York City’s protection against the Phantoms fails, a man seems to be able to control them by sheer force of will, and Maia, a high school student, unexpectedly becomes the Fire Effigy.

    Now Maia has been thrown into battle with three girls who want nothing to do with one another. But with the first human villain that the girls have ever faced, and an army of Phantoms preparing for attack, there isn’t much time for the Effigies to learn how to work together.

    Can the girls take control of their destinies before the world is destroyed forever?

    What I Liked:

    I didn't totally dislike this book, but I had several issues with it. These reviews are among the most difficult to write. On the one hand, clearly I didn't love the book. On the other hand, I didn't hate it. Am I trying to convince people to read the book? Or deter them? It's a tough call!

    In this first book in a new series, Maia is an Effigy, and the whole world is about to find out. Effigies have the ability to fight phantoms, using one of the elements (fire, water, earth, air). Effigy abilities appear in a random person, and there are only four Effigies at a time, so the abilities pop up when one of the Effigies dies. Natalya, the Fire Effigy, is dead, and now Maia will take her place. But there is something sinister happening. For one, everyone thinks Natalya killed herself. But did she? And then there is Saul, who can control phantoms, and will stop at nothing to get to Maia, killing hundreds of innocent people in the process. Maia is taken to the other three Effigies, who must help her learn about being an Effigy quickly. But will it be too late for Maia?

    I got a serious Ghostbusters vibe at first - and I'm talking about the new Ghostbusters movie, with Melissa McCarthy. Effigies destroy phantoms, and the phantoms can be any manner of creature, in a phantom apparition. They destroy them with their element - for example, Maia is the fire Effigy, Belle is the water Effigy, Chae Rin is the earth Effigy, and Lake is the air Effigy.

    The book was interesting enough to hold my attention for the entire story, though it dragged throughout. It wasn't a long book, but it took me longer than usual, to finish. But I did finish the story, and it's not like the story was totally boring overall. I have to give the author points for creativity of story, even world-building. The setting changes often, from the U.S. to Argentina to England to France. Which was cool!

    I also have to mention that this should be considered a "diverse" book! It made me extremely pleased to see a character with Caribbean roots. Because, obviously!

    There is a tiny bit of romance, but it's basically not there. Maia has a crush on a boy, and the boy has a crush on Maia, but that's it. I guess we'll see more of a development in this department in future books.

    I'd continue with this series. I wasn't completely disinterested or bored, though my review as a whole might make you otherwise.

    What I Did Not Like:

    Ahhh, where to start. Let's start with the characters. Every single character was flat, one-dimensional, boring, and had no development throughout the story. Maybe it was just me, not connecting with anyone? But it felt like everyone's personalities and mindsets are the same from start to finish. I didn't think Maia got braver or fiercer or smarter or anything "more", as the story went on. As an Effigy, even a new one, she has a huge responsibility. I was hoping to see her moping self transform into something better... I guess that's not happening, in this book.

    But all of the other characters were just as flat. The other three Effigies are critical to this story, and I'd say that Lake is the only one that I saw some little bit of change. But even her, meh. None of the characters had any depth to them, and/or I could connect with any of them.

    Also worth mentioning - each of the girls was unique, but they were such stereotypes. Belle, the cold one (the b***h). Chae Rin, the rebellious crazy one. Lake, the dramatic one (pop star). And Maia, the quiet one. Stereotype, stereotype, stereotype, stereotype...

    Even the romance was flat. Rhys is a Sect agent, and he protects Maia over and over. I liked Rhys, but he was so one-dimensional and perpetually perfect. You can see that he is holding something back, but every time he wants to tell Maia the thing, he gets interrupted. That was incredibly frustrating! And a bad move, on the author's part. That question goes unanswered, which it really should not have, in this book.

    And then there was Maia's dialogue and inner monologue. I don't know if that's just the author's writing style, but Maia's thoughts and speech made me cringe at times. She seemed so juvenile. Yes, she's sixteen, but she seemed like an adolescent, especially given some of her speech.

    I'm still confused as to how Effigies are chosen. Randomly by nature? Immediately after one Effigy dies, the abilities jump into another person? And why was Saul "special"? I do not understand that part of the story at all. I'm not understanding the big reveal around Saul, as well. I'm not understanding the source of the phantoms, why they exist, etc. The author really just did not explain anything in this book. I'm not sure if she was waiting to reveal more information in future books?

    And then there was the fact that this books dragged a lot, throughout the book. It was boring sometimes, but I think it was the pacing too. Theoretically the idea of this book really appealed to me, and I kept waiting for it to "wow" me, so I kept reading. I was never wow-ed.

    Would I Recommend It:

    Ehhh. If you were already interested in this book, then it's probably still worth pursuing. If you had a passing interest or not interest at all, then don't bother. If this series gets better, then it may be worth binge-reading. This wasn't the most impressive fantasy novel.

    Rating:

    2.5 stars -> rounded down to 2 stars. Part of the reason why I'm rounding down is because, while there were redeeming qualities, there just weren't enough of them. I could see myself reading more from this series. But probably because I need closure. Hopefully it's three books or less!

  • Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣

    According to the author:

    I know the ratings aren't that good, but she had me at Sailor Moon. :D

  • Odette Knappers

    So, back in March, the Dutch publisher Blossom Books asked their ambassadors (including me) to read some manuscripts for them. This is one of the books I've read in this period, as well as

    and one other, which I'm allowed to mention when that one is published :)

    The world is under attack by monsters, and only 4 girl, Effifies, on the globe have to power to really fight them. What you get is 4 chicks constantly saving the world, how cool is

    So, back in March, the Dutch publisher Blossom Books asked their ambassadors (including me) to read some manuscripts for them. This is one of the books I've read in this period, as well as

    and one other, which I'm allowed to mention when that one is published :)

    The world is under attack by monsters, and only 4 girl, Effifies, on the globe have to power to really fight them. What you get is 4 chicks constantly saving the world, how cool is that.

    This story is set in the future, and what I really like is that the story includes the influence of the internet en social media. Those 4 girls are famous AF and people are big fans of them. Including the main character, she has a blog about one of the Effigies. When the Effigy is spotted somewhere, she finds out what closes she wears, and she keeps up to date with the latest gossip.

    So, when one of the Effigies dies (this happens), the powers are given to another girl. This girl will be found by the company/institution that is behind getting the girls where they need to fight, so guess what happens to our main character.. (this is not a spoiler, this is on the back flap of my book).

    Of course, this is a YA book, so all the guys are super handsome and there is some love in this book while it is not completely necessary. But later on, there was more attention for the connection between the girls, their friendship (which is partly forced because they have their powers) and the fact that they share the power to fight the monsters.

    When I finished this book, I wanted to read the sequel right away, but first I had to wait * MONTHS to be able to talk about this book because it was not released yet, and now I have to wait another ages for the seuqel.. so I'm going to reread this in 2017 :P I will add to my review :)

    As you may have noticed, i'm a big fan of this book. But the published asked the opinion of more people of course, and not all agreed with me and they decided to not translate this book :( So, you just have to read it in English Dutchies :)

    Also, I'm not a big fan of hardbacks with a dustcover, even when the dustcover looks as pretty as this one, because they are so easily damaged when transported to The Netherlands. My edition is not perfect either, which I think is a bit of a shame, but because I could not order a paperback and i wanted to own this book so badly I was like well whatever :)


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